News for Friday, February 15, 2013

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5 Things: Donald focused as he begins 2013

5 Things: Luke Donald may not be the World No. 1 anymore, but he's concerned only with improving his game. So far in his 2013 PGA Tour debut, Donald is two shots back of the lead heading into the weekend at Riviera.

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Rude: Bae, Jacobson impressive Friday at Riviera

Sang-Moon Bae and Fredrik Jacobson posted impressive, albeit surprising, 6-under 65s to vault to the top of the leaderboard at Riviera.

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Tracker: Bae, Jacobson lead at Northern Trust

The star-studded field at Riviera didn't disappoint on Thursday, with Matt Kuchar atop the leaderboard. But it was Sang-Moon Bae and Fredrik Jacobson who stole the show Friday, taking a share of the lead entering the weekend. See how it all unfolded!

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Cal's Kim tops first 2013 Haskins Award Watch List

While most of the spring season is ahead of us, our Sean Martin breaks down the Haskins Award Watch List, with Cal's Michael Kim at No. 1. Can someone make a run at the two-time winner?

West Coast Junior Invitational Archives

Past results of the Golfweek West Coast Junior Invitational

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Walker Cup candidate Miller blogs about European trek

Mike Miller, a U.S. Walker Cup candidate, is blogging for the Metropolitan Golf Association during a 25-day trek to Europe. Here are his posts . . .

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Shaft Month: A call for industry standards

James Achenbach laments that if only the golf industry had uniform equipment standards, it would be so much easier to compare contemporary shafts and simpler to fit golfers with the proper equipment.

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Uribe leads Ko, Shin by one at Aussie Women's Open

Mariajo Uribe shot a 6-under 67 on Friday to overtake South Korea's Jiyai Shin and overnight leader Lydia Ko, claiming a one-stroke lead after the second round of the LPGA Tour's season-opening Women's Australian Open.

Nippon N.S. Pro Modus 3 Tour 130 golf shaft

Introduced at the PGA Merchandise Show, the Nippon N.S. Pro Modus 3 Tour 130 features relatively low tip rigidity to produce a higher trajectory.

True Temper Project X golf shaft

What is the difference between the Dynamic Gold and Project X? Both are heavy (in the 125-gram range), and they produce similar shot patterns -- but they target different types of feel.

Nippon N.S. Pro 950GH shaft

According to Nippon, the N.S. Pro 950GH is their best-selling shaft, available only through the company's network of custom clubmakers.

KBS Tour 90 steel iron shaft

KBS’ Kim Braly called the KBS Tour 90 “more of a player’s shaft than a lightweight shaft,” although the shaft appeals to a wide range of skilled golfers.

KBS Tour steel iron shaft

The original KBS Tour shaft (well-known because of use by Ernie Els, Steve Stricker, Adam Scott and others) was followed by the KBS Tour C-Taper and the KBS Tour V2, played by Phil Mickelson.

True Temper Dynamic Gold golf shaft

The shaft of choice on the PGA Tour, the old reliable Dynamic Gold (the first Dynamic shaft appeared in 1942) outnumbers Project X by a 3-1 ratio on Tour.

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Notebook: Harris, Blackmon the 'odd couple' of college golf

Kalen Harris, 34, might run the show at South Carolina, but her assistant Puggy Blackmon, 62, has plenty to offer in the way of swing advice. They are definitely a power - and odd - couple.